The 10 Best Tattoo Shops In Chicago


The 10 Best Tattoo Shops In Chicago

Chicago has no shortage of talent when it comes to tattoo shops. The city owns a storied past filled with influences, cultures, and personalities that have produced some of the most notable tattooing in the United States, specifically with regard to traditional tattooing. Tattooing has long been an essential part of Chicago’s culture, the recent eruption in the popularity of tattooing has only helped to boost the reach of it’s popular studios.

It was difficult to find a succinct list of the best tattoo shops in Chicago, other than user generated groups and a few forums, so we decided to create our own.

Like our other lists, we do understand that the word “best” is quite subjective. And that our inclusions and exclusions may be somewhat polarizing. Our goal with these articles is to reflect a grouping of 10 artists in a given area that we are quite fond of – rather than that of all out gospel. We encourage you to send us submissions for any tattoo shops we may have missed, we would be happy to grow this list.

While we do consider this list a grouping of our “best tattoo shops in Chicago” we also want to acknowledge a huge grouping of talented tattoo shops before we begin: Deluxe Tattoo, Revolution Tattoo, Code of Conduct, Goodkind Tattoo, Top Hat Tattoo, Brown Brothers Tattoo, Tattoo Candy, Native Rituals, Ageless Tattoo, Tatu Tattoo and many more.

Here is a look at our choice for best tattoo shops in Chicago:

Speakeasy Custom Tattoo

Quick Fact:  Owned by Patrick Cornolo, home to world renowned artists

ArtistsPatrick Cornolo, SoloKill, Scott Fricke, Crystal Martinez, Sean Adams, Ashley W0llaston, Jennifer Trok, Adam Fox, Josh Grable


Pioneer Tattoo

Quick Fact: Insanely talented crew

Artists: Tim Biedron, Harlan Thompson, Ryan Flaherty, David Allen, Kit Hall, Josh Howard


Family Tattoo

Quick Fact: Killer trad work

Artists: Bob Haase, Daniel Tipton, Heath Rave, Lee Leahy

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Great Lakes Tattoo

Quick Fact: Get yourself some Beatdown

Artists: Nick Collela, Mike Dalton, Mario Desa, Erik Gillespie, Matt “Beatdown” Ziolko, Miles Maniaci, Kevin Leary


Venture Tattoo

Quick Fact: Possibly the best Black and Grey in the city

Artists: Eris Qesari, JR. DiazJoni Hoxha

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The Tattoo Factory

Quick Fact: The largest lineup of artists in the city

Artists: Paul Collurafici, Mike Baalke, Salvatore Perry, Bobby Sox, Matt Briones, Hank Bangcock, Dave “Double D” Dillon, and many more 

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The Chicago Tattoo and Piercing Co.

Quick Fact: Been around since the 1960’s

Artists: Dale Grande, David McNair, Mike Tofano, Travis Madden, Joel Molina (Gentelmen Joel)

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Butterfat Studios

Quick Fact: These girls rock

Artists: Esther Garcia, Stephanie Brown


Insight Studios

Quick Fact: One of the most sterile-friendly shops; Insight Studios offers weekly spore-testing to ensure all equipment is sterile

Artists: Bryan Buchak, Cory Kruger, James Eastwood, Jeff Paetzold, Johnny McDevitt, Kelly Severtson, Memo Espino, Ryan Gutekunst, Wendell Frazier


Shred’s Inferno

Quick Fact: Tattoos Derrick Rose on the reg

Artists: Shred


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